In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the boy Jem takes Scout's baton and destroys Mrs. Dubose’s camellia bushes. As punishment, Jem must go to the Dubose house every day for a month and read to her. He and Scout endure Mrs. Dubose’s verbal abuse and peculiar fits, which occur at the end of every reading session. Each session is a little longer. Mrs. Dubose dies a little more than a month after Jem’s punishment ends. His father reveals to Jem that the reading was part of Mrs. Dubose's successful effort to combat an addiction to morphine. Mrs. Dubose had given her maid a box for Jem. In it lies a single white camellia, waxed to preserve it.
The camellia mentioned in the book is 'Snow on the Mountain'
a Camellia sasanqua. These are Camellia japonica.
Last year I wrote about the movie Camille and
the camellia connection when my white camellias bloomed.
Weather has not been kind to the early to mid-season pinks.
Camellia season will end when the weather gets hot, usually mid-April
when the dark red Blood of China is in full bloom.